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Regulatory policies key when accessing health data on the cloud

When entering into an agreement with a cloud service provider, health professionals have to ensure that any policies and guidelines from their regulatory bodies regarding electronic health records are taken into account, Toronto health lawyer  Elyse Sunshine says in  Forensic Accounting & Fraud , a special supplement published by  The Bottom Line  and  Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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The holidays: a time to be extra compassionate in health care

The holiday season is a stressful time for everyone, making it important for health-care providers to be extra diligent about showing compassion to patients and their families, says Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst . Read more

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Monthly webinars to explore legal issues for family health teams

Toronto health lawyer  Kate Dewhirst will be hosting monthly webinars throughout 2017, focusing on legal issues facing family health teams (FHTs). Read more

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Patients First Act (Bill 41) receives Royal Assent

By Kathy O'Brien Bill 41, the Patients First Act , received Royal Assent on Dec. 8 — it is now law. Read more

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Proposed law will boost health Colleges’ powers: Sunshine

TORONTO — Ontario has introduced legislation that would see doctors' licences revoked if they grope a patient. Currently a doctor's licence is revoked if they are found to have sexually abused a patient through intercourse, and several other forms of sexual contact, but some sexual touching was not included. Read more

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What family health teams need to know about social media and the law

By Kate Dewhirst On Dec. 3 the CBC reported that a nurse was found guilty of professional misconduct in Saskatchewan for personal comments she made on Facebook and Twitter about care received by her grandfather. You can read the CBC story here and the details of the finding of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association here . Read more

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Bill 84 proposes legislative changes to support medical assistance in dying

Ontario's Bill 84, introduced Dec. 7, is a step towards the creation of a responsive framework for those who choose to provide or receive medical assistance in dying, says Toronto health lawyer Mary Jane Dykeman . Read more

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Health-care sector doesn't have to wait for procurement review to collaborate

Health organizations interested in consolidating the procurement of goods and services with other entities need not wait until the Ontario government completes its Health-care Sector Supply Chain Strategy Expert Panel review, says Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson . Read more

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Privacy Commissioner can review exercises of discretion

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Kate Dewhirst launches Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst has launched a new firm, Kate Dewhirst Health Law . Read more

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Health sector waiting to see how LHINs use broad new powers

Ontario’s Patients First Act (Bill 41) proposes to expand the mandate of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), giving them considerable new powers over the expanded list of health service providers — raising eyebrows across the sector, Toronto health lawyer  Kathy O’Brien writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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Vital for health professionals to minimize staff regulatory risk

Unlike in other sectors, health professionals can face regulatory action for the wrongful conduct of their employees — making it crucial that they put policies and procedures in place that aim to prevent scenarios where support staff fail to fulfill their duties, Toronto health lawyers Elyse Sunshine  and  Lonny Rosen  write in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

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Expert evidence needed when moving to dismiss malpractice claim

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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Ontario health boards moving toward collaborative governance

Health boards across Ontario are looking for ways to collaborate with other service providers in the health-care sector as a way to use taxpayer dollars more efficiently while providing the best care possible, says Toronto health lawyer Kathy O’Brien .  Read more

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Nurse charged with murders raises regulatory issues

Horrific allegations that a former Ontario nurse murdered eight long-term-care residents over a seven-year period raises issues relating to the regulation of health-care professionals, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine .  Read more

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Tremayne-Lloyd calls for change in law affecting transgender patients

Toronto health lawyer Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd is calling for a change   to   the Regulated Health Professions Act  (RHPA) that will prevent the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario from accessing the medical records of transgender patients against their wishes when third parties make complaints about their physicians. Read more

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Updates to CPSO physician behaviour policy

By Lonny Rosen  and  Elyse Sunshine Read more

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McCain annulment case points to health law issue

A court’s decision relating to the admissibility of a psychiatrist's report in a high-profile annulment case in Ontario has underscored that complaints or discipline processes under the  Regulated Health Professions Act  (RHPA) should not be used by parties to advance their interests in civil litigation or any other dispute, says Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen . Read more

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Hospitals and other BPS employers have to create frameworks

By Maria McDonald BACKGROUND Read more

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Rosen: investigation and discovery in tribunal proceedings

When representing professionals in a disciplinary matter, counsel should begin their assessment of the case by reviewing the Notice of Hearing and breaking down the elements of each offence alleged as a way of “formulating the theory of the case," says Toronto health lawyer  Lonny Rosen . Read more

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